Covenant Discipleship Christian Formation through Mutual Accountability

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List price: $24.00
Publisher: Wipf & Stock Publishers
Publication date: 4/30/2002
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 186
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.770
Language: English

David L. Watson is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association and a Charter Fellow of the American Psychological Society. Watson is well known for his work in social anxiety, having developed the original scale to measure it. He has written textbooks in introductory psychology, social psychology, and learning skills. Watson is an enthusiastic world traveler, having visited over 100 countries. He speaks French and Greek, and is a certified master gardener, specializing in xerophytic plants. He divides his time now between Honolulu and Albuquerque.

David Watson serves the global church through Cityteam Ministries as the VP for Global Disciple-Making. He is also actively involved in mentoring the next generation of Disciple-Making strategists. Since 1989, Watson has been involved with movements that have seen 100,000 churches started, and he has trained more than 30,000 leaders from 167 nations.nbsp;

Acknowledgments
Preface
Introduction: A Wesleyan Tradition
Covenant Discipleship Groups
A New Handbook
The "Why" of Covenant Discipleship
The "How" of Covenant Discipleship
Gracious Discipline
Back to Basics
Class Leaders
The Challenge of Christian Discipleship
The Call to Discipleship
The Unconditional Condition
The Cost of Discipleship
The Dilemma of Discipleship
The Anguish of Discipleship
The Search for God's Will
The Power of Discipleship
The Obligations of Discipleship
The Worldly Suffering of Discipleship
The Pitfall of Spiritual Withdrawal
The Hope of Discipleship
An Impossible Tension?
The Task of Discipleship
The Condition of Discipleship
The Obedience of Discipleship
A Deep Unease
Back to Our Roots
The Practice of Discipleship
A Ring of Common Sense
A Practical Example
Mutual Help and Support
The Need for Leaders
A Pattern for Discipleship
For Thought and Discussion
Early Methodist Discipleship
The Wesley Brothers
Wesley the Theologian
The Tension of the Gospel
Wesley's Upbringing
An Influential Mother
Wesley's Churchmanship
Ecclesiola in Ecclesia
Reform of the Church
Reaching Out to All
The World His Parish
Churchly Tensions
Against Schism
Formative Factors
The Religious Societies
The Moravians
The Bands
Too Much Too Soon
Disciplined Christian Living
Christian Assurance and Christian Discipleship
Degrees of Faith
Forms of Grace
Freedom to Resist
Wesley's "Pelagianism"
Salvation with Responsibility
Family Chores
Necessary Good Works
A Revolutionary Teaching
Christian Maturity and Christian Obedience
Aldersgate Street
Spiritual Diversity
Mutual Accountability
Basic Guidelines for Discipleship
The Form and the Power of Discipleship
The Method of Methodist Discipleship
The Class Meeting
For Thought and Discussion
The Early Methodist Class Meeting
"That Excellent Institution"
Lots to Tell
Criteria for Accountability
The General Rules
Do No Harm
Do Good
The Ordinances of the Church
The Means of Grace
Gracious Works
Maturity of Obedience
Format of the Class Meeting
The Danger of Formality
Continuation of the Bands
Basic Structure
The Class Leader
Class Discipline
Class Tickets
Conditions of Membership
The "Muscle" of the Body
Body Building
The Body of the Church
The Decline of the Class Meeting
From Society to Church
Keeping Things in Context
To Reform the Church
Ecclesiola AND Ecclesia
Commitment to the Church
The Challenge of Early Methodism
For Thought and Discussion
The Class Meeting for the Church of Today
Traditioning the Class Meeting
Accountability for Christian Discipleship
Accountability for Living in the World
Accountability for the General Rules
Accountability for Works of Mercy
Accountability for Works of Piety
Working for Our Spiritual Food
Accountability to and for the Church
Accountability to the Holy Spirit
The Method of Methodism
Accountable Discipleship for Today
Two Important Contextual Factors
Mutual Accountability
One Day at a Time
Holding Fast with One Another
Meeting Jesus Christ in the World
Serving Jesus Christ in the World
On Call for Christ
Active Expectancy
The Need for Basic Guidelines
For Thought and Discussion
The General Rule of Discipleship
Mercy and Piety: Social and Personal
A New General Rule
A Fourfold Tension
A Basic Checklist
An Old Mistake
Christian License
The General Rule of Discipleship
Witnessing to Jesus Christ
Witnessing in the World
Following the Teachings of Jesus
Accountability for Acts of Compassion
Common Courtesies
Accountability for Acts of Justice
Justice with an Agenda
Social Risk
Mutual Consultation
Social Responsibility
Accountability for Acts of Worship
Liturgical Renewal
To Glorify God
A Personal Illustration
Accountability for Acts of Devotion
Face to Face with God
Alone with God
The Discipline of Fasting
Accountability to the Holy Spirit
The Threat of Christ's Presence
Promptings and Warnings of the Holy Spirit
Accountability to and for the Church
The Few and the Many
Congregational Leadership
Covenant Discipleship Groups
Holding Fast
For Thought and Discussion
Forming a Covenant Discipleship Group
Joining a Group
Group Membership
Covenant Discipleship for Young People
Covenant Discipleship at Seminary
The Number of Members
The Right Day and Time
Task-Oriented
What Covenant Discipleship Groups Are Not
The Top Priority: Be There
The Importance of Regular Attendance
Certainty in the Midst of Uncertainties
Two More "First Steps,"
Some Common Questions
Writing the Covenant
The Nature of Covenant with God
The Preamble
The Clauses
A Sample Covenant of Discipleship
The General Rule of Discipleship
Spiritual Promptings and Warnings
Living in the World
Responsiveness to Context
Practicality
"Taking up the Slack,"
Length of the Covenant
Keeping Our Bearings
Personal Clauses
The Conclusion
Signing the Covenant
Openended Commitment
Leaving the Group
Radical Freedom
Some Covenant Preambles
Some Covenant Clauses
No Neat Categories
Progressive Accountability
Christ the Only Paradigm
Acts of Compassion
Acts of Devotion
Acts of Justice
Acts of Worship
Spiritual Promptings and Warnings
Some Covenant Conclusions
A Covenant from Prison
Some Common Questions
The Group Meeting
Only One Strict Rule
Any Time, Any Day
A Regular Meeting Place
Leading the Group
Catechesis: Question and Answer
Opening the Meeting
Reading the Covenant
The Covenant Clauses
Covering All the Clauses
Controlled Dialogue
"Advise, Reprove, Comfort or Exhort,"
Polite Rather Than Intense
Personal Problems
Closing the Meeting
Housekeeping
Conveners
A Sample Group Meeting
Conclusion: Two Warnings and a Promise
The "Doldrums,"
Complacency
The Promise of Grace
Endnotes
Resources
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